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Board of Directors

 

  • Antony P. Stephen, Ph.D.
    President and Chair

    Dr. Antony Stephen is a graduate of St. John’s University and Fordham University. He got his Masters in Counseling St. John’s and MSW and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Social Work, Fordham University. Currently he is a licensed clinical social worker who has over twenty five years of experience in providing mental health counseling services to clients with differential diagnosis. He specializes in domestic violence, anger management, and grief and recovery counseling. He was the former member of the Minority and Multicultural Health Commission, New Jersey. As an adjunct professor, he has been teaching at the New Jersey City University for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 1993.


  • Padma Arvind, Ph.D.
    Secretary

    Padma Arvind is Finance, Marketing Professional who is scientifically trained with strong analytical, technical and management skills, currently working as Public Health Planner, at Middlesex County Public Health Department. She is very passionate to implement many programs to offer health education to underserved population. Padma has received many awards for her work including the best young scientist award endowed by the prime Minister of India. She has Phd from All India Institute of Medical sciences, India in Cancer biology and MBA in marketing from Rutgers University.


  • Claire Iwatsu, BFA
    Treasurer

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  • Neil E. Weisfeld, J.D.
    Board Member

    Co-principal of NEW Associates, LLC, a Princeton consulting firm specializing in health policy communications, Neil was consultant co-author of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 report Relieving Pain in America and has worked on several other IOM projects, edited numerous policy briefs for the Brookings Institution in Washington, edited the background papers for the report of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, and chaired Trenton Psychiatric Hospital’s Board of Trustees.


  • Hemant Wadhwani, M.A.
    Board Member

    Hermant Wadhwani is founder and president of Translation City, a full-scale language service provider. Hemant is active in the non-profit sector, founded United CDC (501c3) and has incubated the following initiatives under the CDC umbrella: United South Asian Donor Registry (minority bone marrow recruitment organization), Asian American Legal Project of NJ (now under AALDEF), and the Healthy Harlem Food Service Project. He is also on the advisory board of Real Medicine Foundation, an organization providing relief aid in 13 countries and on the board of Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center in Newark, NJ.


    • Asima Shah, B.A.
      Executive Director

      Asima Shah is a graduate of Rutgers University with a business degree in MSIS. She served as project coordinator for Medics International where she established a charitable clinic, organized diabetes lectures, and coordinated health fairs. As an outreach coordinator for the South Asian Health Project, Ms. Shah built relationships with community organizations, set up a series of capacity building trainings, and coordinated the production of the Community Resource Directory. Ms. Shah is qualified in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and currently educates children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Honorary Chair
  • Narender Reddy Yasa, R.Ph.
    Honorary Chair

    Narender Yasa is a registered pharmacist and is the owner of five pharmacies in the state of New Jersey. Besides, since 2006 he is the president of Cogent Techsol which provides computer consulting services. In 1994, Narendar graduated from Bangalore University, receiving a Bachelor of Pharmacy. From 1994 to 1998 he worked for Vitabiotics as production manager in Hyderabad. Viabiotics is a leading manufacturer of various pharmaceutical products in India.  He came to the United States in 1998 and became a registered pharmacist after succeesfully passing the licensing exam in the state of New Jersey in 1999. In 2004 he constructed a clean drinking water plant and a primary school and donated them to his native town. Now he anonymously supports various charitable organizations in his native district.


Advisory Board
  • Susan G. Castor, RN, MSN

    Susan G. Castor was named Chief Nursing Officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River in May 2011. She brings 33 years of clinical and administrative healthcare experience. During her career she has worked globally in different capacity. Prior to joining HealthSouth, Susan served as Administrative Director of Patient Care Services at Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey, an affiliate of Barnabas Health System. She is an active member of many nursing and community organizations. Currently she is the Vice President of the Philippine Nurses Association of America. Susan holds a master degree in nursing from Seton Hall University.

    Helen Dao, MHA

    Helen E. Dao is the President and CEO of Dao Management Consulting Services, Inc. The firm specializes in providing services to local, state, and national organizations in finding and implementing best practices and strategy approaches to address cultural differences and minority's health disparities. Her expertise and focus is working with the Latino, Asian, and Caribbean-non-Hispanic communities. As a management consultant, Ms. Dao brings her knowledge and expertise to many different organizations through out the United States.

    Michael David

    Helen E. Dao is the President and CEO of Dao Management Consulting Services, Inc. The firm specializes in providing services to local, state, and national organizations in finding and implementing best practices and strategy approaches to address cultural differences and minority's health disparities. Her expertise and focus is working with the Latino, Asian, and Caribbean-non-Hispanic communities. As a management consultant, Ms. Dao brings her knowledge and expertise to many different organizations through out the United States.

    Kye Eun C.Ma, M.D.

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    Linda Mayo

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    Dula Paquiao, EdD, RN, CTN

    Dula Paquiao eaches transcultural nursing theory, ethnographic method, research and transcultural nursing administration practice in the MSN program and is the current coordinator and administrator of the MSN program at Kean University. As the director of the institute, she is in charge of programmatic, research and consultation activities of the Institute for the statewide community.

Program Staff
  • Mahi Don

Legal Counsel

 

  • Peter Suzuki, Esq

The New Jersey Asian American Association for Human Services is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.